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August- September Newsletter

Back to School

(of Fish)

 

With summer coming to a close, we are bombarded with "Back to School" advertisements. So we thought this the opportune time to feature some schools that never take a "vacation break".

Swimming through a large school of fish can be a magical experience. To be surrounded by sometimes hundreds of fish, makes you feel more like part of the ocean as opposed to being just a visitor.

The seemingly simultaneous movement of the fish indicates a communication far beyond what we can understand.

Whether fleeing from a potential predator or moving
from rock to rock while feeding, their
synchronized "dance" is a wonder of nature.

To see a quick video with schools of fish, click here, or on picture to view QuickTime movie (3.0 mb).



 

 

Creature Feature

Octopus

Hawaiian = "He'e"

Japanese = "Taco"

Definitely a highlight of any dive, the Octopus is a marvel of nature's design. Its boneless body allows it to fit into and through holes and spaces barely larger than its own eyes.
A high level of intelligence and memory capability combined with superb camouflage techniques makes the octopus a very elusive critter. Chances are that if you see one, it has already seen you and is ready to make use of its many defensive methods.

Hidden within the body where the legs join together, the octopus is equipped with a small but powerful beak. Although it is not frequent to bite, an octopus will defend its nest to the death if it is guarding eggs. Avoid contact with the "night" octopus for they bite first and ask questions later.

Feeding primarily on crabs and other mollusks (Shellfish), the octopus is often seen accompanied by other fish looking for free scraps.

A member of the Cephalopod class, the Hawaiian octopus lives for up to 2 years, mating only once. Smaller than its northwest pacific cousin, the Hawaiian species of octopus range in size from a couple inches to a few feet from head to tip of tentacles.

This video shows the Day Octopus, and Night Octopus respectively

Click Here or on image to view movie (2.3 mb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dive Site of the month

3 Tables

 


Depth: 0-60 ft (20m)
Location: Pupukea Marine Preserve (No Fishing/Hunting Allowed) Oahu's North Shore (Summer Diving Only)
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Sea Life: Turtles, Octopus, Eels, Reef fish, Eagle rays and Hawaiian Stingrays…and sometimes Spinner Dolphin.

Named for the 3 flat rocks protruding from the water, 3 Tables has a lot to offer. From the cathedral rock formations behind the firehouse to the turtle cleaning station near Waimea Bay, you can make multiple dives here and never see the same place twice.

Located to the Waimea side (west) of Shark's Cove, 3 Tables is an easy beach entry shore dive. After a slight surface swim, you can explore a multitude of rock formations along a wall ledge that runs parallel to the shore.

There is some occasional canoe and boat traffic in the area so take a flag and beware when you are near the surface

Winter surf means 3 Tables diving is only in the summer months.


Click here or on image to view movie (2.1 mb)

 

 

 

Stock Footage & Video dives from before

Just a reminder! We have accumulated a vast array of footage from all of the dives that I have filmed. If you or someone you know ever needs high quality footage of Hawaiian marine life, you know whom to call. This also means that if you have been on a dive with me and I was filming, there is a good chance there is a video available from that dive. If you already purchased a video, I would love to hear back from you. All comments are appreciated and will used to further improve our product.
Here is a quick movie of some recent footage from some of those dives. Maybe you will see yourself. Mahalo!
ScubaDrew

Click here or on image to view movie (2.2 mb)

 

 

 

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